Happy Saturday friends!
We have a special friend we want to feature this month. His name is Bodie, he is 6 years old. He is one mellow fellow and he looking for a forever home. He is a rescue with FBRN (French Bulldog Rescue Network)
Bodie came to FBRN because his previous owner was no longer able to give him the care he needed. Bodie suffers from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column bulge or burst, creating pressure on the spinal nerves. In mild cases, this pressure causes pain and decreased mobility, but in severe cases it can cause paralysis. Bodie’s is a moderately severe case, and he no longer has full use of his hind legs. But no matter! Bodie isn’t in any pain and, in typical doggie fashion, has no idea that there’s anything amiss. He is happy to roam and play in the house and yard, sort of wobbling around (he wears socks to prevent rug rash) and he recently got a wheelie cart of his very own, which he uses for adventures like walks! Bodie’s cart was fitted and manufactured just for him, and he has taken to it like a fish to water. Heads turn and hearts go pitter-pat when this handsome fellow takes a walk through the neighborhood with his sweet wheels! Of course, he'll take his cart with him to his forever home.
So what is it like to have a cart dog? Well, in Bodie’s case, it means lots of lap time, doggie kisses, and Frenchie snores…in other words, not a whole lot different than your typical bulldog! But there are a few extra things his new family will have to do. Bodie has control of his bowels and bladder and does not need to have his bladder expressed, but he does need to go outside on a regular basis to prevent potty accidents--if you miss his cues, there is likely to be an accident. This means that the ideal family for him will have someone home for most of the day and there will be a set schedule for outings. (He would also be more than happy to accompany you to work, so long as there are no stairs involved!) Bodie also must continue his high quality, raw diet, which keeps the pH in his urine down and prevents urinary tract infections. Finally, Bodie does have a slightly enlarged heart, but at this point it’s not causing his vet any concern and is just something to keep an eye on.
Bodie promises that this little bit of extra care is well, well worth it. He is an absolute love who adores his family and is friendly to every person he meets. He loves cuddling and giving kisses, and is an all-around good boy who is quiet, mellow, and doesn’t get into mischief. Bodie is also huge fan of toys, and will happily amuse himself romping about in the (fenced) yard with a favorite bone or plushie. Especially if it's squeaky!
Bodie doesn’t have much of an opinion on other dogs, since he largely ignores them in favor of playing by himself. It’s very important, however, that dogs in his new family be calm and not prone to rough play—Bodie absolutely cannot engage in roughhousing, as he could further injure his back. Bodie thinks kids are well and good, but they must be old enough to understand that he must be treated gently and carefully and he can't be picked up and carried around--we've found kids over 10 years old and dog savvy are best able to resist picking up adorable Frenchies. As for cats, birds, and other small animals, that is an unequivocal no—Bodie can’t stand his feline foster brother, and on a recent trip to the park, showed his foster mom that he has a very high prey drive (he was particularly interested in having a duck or peacock dinner!)
Since Bodie can’t climb stairs, a single story home would be ideal. An apartment with an elevator would definitely work, especially since Bodie is a quiet boy who won’t get you evicted for noise complaints. The most important thing is that Bodie have a home where he can have frequent potty breaks and even more frequent cuddles. And if you have experience with special needs dogs, please tell us about it in your application.
Bodie’s foster mom is going to miss her little man terribly, saying, “He is a great companion who is easy to form a bond with. He is mellow and quiet and gives lots of kisses. He is extremely easy to love and very calming."
Are you and Bodie a match made in Frenchie heaven? If so, please fill out an application for him by clicking on the link below. Just be prepared to travel—Bodie is mastering the art of snuggling in southern Nevada and will not be shipped.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo. Except in rare or unusual cases, adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. In rare or unusual cases, FBRN may be able to assist in transporting a dog to a volunteer near the adopter's home, but the expense of transporting the dog must be the responsibility of the adopting party.
FBRN dogs are in foster care in people's private homes. For the foster families' safety, we do not disclose specific locations, and we don't set up meet and greets prior to applications. For detailed information about the dogs in our care, please read the extensive bios on each dog.